[Advaita-l] Chandogya Upanishad 8.12.3
sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 31 01:01:35 CDT 2011
I have changed the name of this thread - I will not be saying anything
about shankara bhASya but my own observations.
1. This part of the chAndogya upaniSad is directly related to the state of
puruSottama that gItA talks about in 15.17-18. !5.18 says that in veda
as well as in this loka I am known as puruSottama. This is the only
place in upaniSad-s (that I know of) where the state of puruSottama
is explicitly labeled and described. (That is, it is likely that this state
may be described in other upaniSad texts without referring to this state
by the name "puruSottama".)
2. Shri V. Subramanian in his reply has brought out the following point that
should in principle suffice to explain this shruti text.
"Since Brahman is identified with everything, therefore, wherever they
(enjoyments) may be, they are said to be in the world of Brahman".
3. Here is more explanation of the above point:
puruSottama is that state of being which has access to shakti-s in their
original unmodified form. To give an example consider the three main
class of shakti-s iccha, kriyA and jnAna. At the level of jiva these are
only accessible in their modified and limited forms via the operation of
prANa and buddhi (prajnA) respectively. So whatever experiences
one may have via mana, prANa and prajnA (buddhi) can be said to be
reflections of processes happening in the world of puruSottama wherein
these three shakti-s are involved/ exercised. hari om.
On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 11:21 AM, Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at
> What is Sankara's opinion regarding this Chandogya Upanishad Mantra
> 8:12 3? Kindly explain with analysis.
This is the translation of the mantra 8.12.3:
//"So does this serene Being, arising from this body and reaching the
Highest Light, appear in His own form. In that state He is the Highest
Person. *There He moves about, laughing, playing, rejoicing—be it with
women, chariots, or relatives,* never thinking of the body into which he
was born. "As an animal is attached to a cart, so is the prana (i.e. the
conscious self) attached to the body. //
//Since Brahman is identified with everything, therefore, wherever they
(enjoyments) may be, they are said to be in the world of Brahman. //
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